Desire to Deviate
by Frank Zahn
Heredity determines life’s possible outcomes and
environment determines the probable among them.
I pray that unlike the possibles and the probable
they determined for me in this life, they determine
possibles and a probable in some life I may have
to live that permits me to deviate from the typical,
the usual, the mediocre, the average, or the normal.
Of course, I do not desire to deviate to the negative
likes of a tyrant, a terrorist, a religious intolerant, or
a racist. Any one of those would be worse than the
typical, the usual, the mediocre, the average, or the
normal. Rather, I desire to deviate to the positive
likes of a wise mentor, a generous lover, a religious
tolerant, or a wonder in either the arts or the sciences.
If heredity determines possibles and environment
a probable that supports my desire to deviate, I will
celebrate. If heredity does, but environment does not,
I may be able to change the probable by changing my
environment. If heredity fails to determine at least one
possible that permits me to realize my desire to deviate,
environment and changes in it will become irrelevant.
Should the latter or worse scenario occur, I will pray
heredity and environment determine a possible and
a probable that permit me to truncate early on any life
I may have yet to live. Another life without a chance
to realize my desire to deviate from the typical,
the usual, the mediocre, the average, or the normal
would be not only monotonous but also indefensible.
Copyright © 2016 Frank Zahn. Earlier version Damian's Desire to
Deviate published in The Criterion, ISSN: 0976-8165, Volume 7, Issue
VI, December 2016, http://www.the-criterion.com/V7/n6/Frank.pdf;
REFLECTIONS: A Collection of the Author's Short Prose and Poetry,
Vancouver Books (Kindle Edition) 2019; Alive: Poetic Moments of
Thought and Feeling, Vancouver Books (Kindle Edition) 2019; Alive: Short Prose and Poetic Expressions of Thought and Feeling, Vancouver Books
(Kindle Edition) 2019.
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